Welcome to the Piddle Valley Website

This site has been created by the PVNV (Piddle Valley News & Views) Editorial Team to bring into one place information about the history, activities, facilities and resources - available to residents and visitors alike - in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, which include the settlements of Plush and White Lackington.

Situated in the heart of Dorset and on the upper reaches of the River Piddle, the communities have a population of some 1,220 and lie predominantly along the B3143 and the River Piddle, from its source near Alton Pancras, southward through Piddletrenthide to Piddlehinton.


14th September 2016

For a detailed list (with links) of each change to the news, content and items available on this website, click on the "latest news" button to the right. It is perhaps a good place to add to your "Favourites" list if you are familiar with the site.

Index of miscellanious news items is below. Click on the link to go directly to the article,

otherwise, where a page for a specific topic exists, relevant items will generally be on that dedicated page.

Tinker's Cuss at the Memorial Hall - 29/10/2016

Piddlehinton Fete -16th July 2016.

Piddletrenthide Fete - 19th June 2016.

Neighbourhood Plan - West Dorset DC Consultation - 13/05/2016

Dog Waste - again!

"Good Citizen Award" scam - 23/2/2016

Opportunities to get involved in NHS Projects - Feb 2106

Leonard Cheshire Disability Volunteer appeal

Dorset Fingerpost renovations 26/01/2016

Information from Environment Agency regarding Groundwater Flooding - 12/01/2016

Southern Elecric Priority Support Service, for vulnerable persons

Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau

Public Consultations

Broadband update. 12/07/15

Police warnings - Local crimes, telephone calls & Emails.

Traffic and travel portal from DCC

Website Information


Tinker's Cuss at the Memorial Hall - 29/10/2016

Tinker's Cuss, a 7 piece band from Bridport, will be making a return visit to the Memorial Hall on the 29th October. They play a mix of traditional songs, 60's and 70's music, sea shanties, music hall sing-alongs. It was very well received by the audience last year. The band includes Dave Lee (ex Crown House). Nibbles are included in the ticket price of £8.00. Please come along and support the Memorial Hall. More details in the poster. Tickets from 01300 348247, from the Post Office, or on the door.


Piddlehinton Fete - 16th July 2016

The Piddlehinton Church Fete was an amazing success with a profit of £5,472. Donations have been sent to the Village Hall, the Millennium Green and the Air Ambulance. Once again we were blessed with fine weather - the first for many weeks and so warm that we sat around the BBQ until late in the evening. The Cowboys and Indians who came brought the wild southwest to the Old Rectory where the highlights of this special occasion were the Bucking Bronco, Steve Brackstone's steam engine and the pony rides to mention only a few. The children's races and the dog show produced a bonanza of rosettes and all the stalls did a roaring trade, especially the ice creams and the Pimms, both of which were sold out in the glorious sunshine. On the day we had an army of helpers and a huge thanks must go to all them.<

We would love some new committee members next year. Please ring the Secretary (Gay Hanbury) on 348465 if you can help. Evening meetings are not long and duties are not onerous as long as there are lots of us.


Piddletrenthide Fete -19th June 2016.

Despite the almost continuous rain,the Piddletrenthide Fete was an undoubted success, thanks to James and Katy Boughey for organising it in their garden, and for the many others who helped organise, ran stalls, and provided all the other essential help. A sum of £3,225 was raised for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and All Saints Church.


Neighbourhood Plan - West Dorset DC Consultation - 13/05/2016

Under the 2011 Localism act, West Dorset District Council (WDDC) have to hold their own consultation on the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan.This will start on Friday 13th May 2016 for a period of six weeks.

The plan as submitted is available on the Piddle Valley website.

Paper copies of the submitted plan are also available to be viewed from John Cox at Bakers Cottage, Piddletrenthide. Telephone 348454.

Any comments on the plan should be sent to s.policy@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk

WDDC's consultation documents can also be viewed on their website www.dorsetforyou.com/piddle-valley-neighbourhood-plan , where there is also a link to leave comments.

20/09/2015 - The final draft version of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, prior to submission to the District Council, has been published. It is available here, from the Valley Pubs and the Shop. Any final comments must have been made, in writing, to the Neighbourhood Plan group c/o the Village Post Office & Stores, before the 30th October 2015.

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Neighbourhood Plan - Draft consultations

The Neighbourhood Plan 1st draft consultation "drop-in event" was on the 25th April 2015 at the First School. The closing date for comments was 16th May, these are now being processed and the results will be published as soon as possible. A copy of the draft plan is available on the Neighbourhood Plan pages of this website.

The Neighbourhood Plan working parties have held a series of public meetings in each village to put forward their suggestions about possible issues to be included in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan. These include Housing and Flooding issues.

Further details and maps are on the Neighbourhood Plan pages. Comments and feedback to the Housing and the Environment Sub-Groups is invited.

The Working Party and Focus Groups for the Neighbourhood Plan are holding regular meetings and have now produced individual Focus Group reports.

Public meeting dates will be included in the Events calendar.

Reports, as they become available, will be in the reports section of the Neighbourhood Plan part of this site.


Neighbourhood Planning is important! If nothing is done, then future planning decisions that affect the Valley will be taken by the District Council as they see fit. If the Valley has it's own Neighbourhood Plan, which sets out our wishes for things we both do and do not wish to see occur, then the District Council have to take those views into account in reaching their decision.

The Plan will take a lot of time and work to prepare, including further consultations, and must eventually be approved by a referendum of the Valley residents. It has to represent the wishes of the Community, not the Working Party, so please look regularly at the Neighbourhood Plan section of the website, so that you are aware what is being done in your name, and do not hesitate to contact members of the working party if you have any views on the issues.


Dog Waste

May 2016 - The problem of dog waste in public areas continues to be of concern, particularly the track behind the Piddle Inn, the bridleway from there down along West Lane and also along the footways and verges of the B3143 through the village of Piddletrenthide. The lane by Kingrove Farm and the Main Street are used by both residents and visitors and are a less than salubrious advert for our villages, as well as being a health risk for children. It does not take any real effort to take a plastic bag with you when exercising your pet, to collect its leavings and then dispose of them in your domestic waste bin. Dorset Waste Partnership advise that this is acceptable.

Using a bag is easy - put your hand inside as if it was a glove, gather up the waste, pull the bag "inside out" with your other hand and - hey presto - problem contained!. PLEASE also take it away and put it in a bin. Hanging the bag on a bush or throwing it into the edge actually is worse, as it doesn't degrade and is very unsightly.

The Village Shop may be prevailed upon to stock "poop bags", which are small, very cheap and come in a roll, if there is enough demand.

The District Council Dog Warden will be asked to patrol the area, as allowing your dog to foul a public area is an offence.

Previous article

There have been more complaints to the Parish Council about the amount of dog waste left on the tracks and paths around the village, particularly the section of West Lane from Rectory Rd to behind West Lodge, and the lane behind the Piddle Inn. Not only are children having to be watched every step to prevent them stepping in the problem, but a number of people appear also to think that it is acceptable to bag up the material but then either just leave the bags on the track edge, or hang them on the hedgerow. This is unacceptable as the bags do not degrade, are unsightly and unhealthy. Please take a few small bags with you when you walk your dog, collect their waste and put it in your rubbish bin at home.

I'm sorry to say that, so far, we have never met with the "Poo-Fairy", but her friend the Dog Warden does exist and may have to be asked to patrol the lanes if the problem persists.


Opportunities to get involved in NHS Projects

Opportunities to get involved in NHS Projects - here is the latest NHS Dorset CCG Feedback bulletin which outlines a number of ways you and members of your community can get involved in the work of the NHS. Anyone can register to receive a copy of their own by following this link www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/involve/current-engagement/health-involvement-network.htm


Leonard Cheshire Disability Volunteer appeal

Hilary Campbell is responsible for recruiting volunteers for the local service of Leonard Cheshire Disability. They support people with learning disabilities throughout the Dorchester area and are looking for volunteer befrienders to visit their service users on an occasional basis.

For more information, please click here.


EA Poster regarding Groundwater Flooding

A poster from the Environment Agency, including website links, regarding revised groundwater flooding arrangements and notifications.


Southern Electric Priority Support Service (Nov 2015)

SSE have advised that they provide an emergency support service for individuals or areas where there are special needs, in the event of a significant power cut. They can provide additional help if you have particular medical needs at home and are dependent on electricity.

Examples are where you :

They have an explanatory leaflet or more information can be obtained from their website www.ssepd.co.uk/CustomerInformationLeaflets/

Contact numbers are:- freephone 0800 294 3259; mobile 0345 072 1900; textphone 0800 316 5457.

If you have need of their services, or know someone else who does, please do not hesitate to contact SSE direct.

Dorset CAB

Dorset CAB offers free, impartial, advice on any problems, including Benefits, Relationships, Housing, Debt, Education and Employment. They have Bureau offices at Dorchester and Sherborne and also offer Outreach sessions at the GP surgeries in Cerne Abbas and Maiden Newton. They can also arrange Home Vists if necessary.

They can be contacted via their website www.westdorsetcab.org uk", phone 0344 245 1291 or 01305 751514. Email threevalleys@dorchestercab.org.uk


Public Consultations

The Parish Council is often notified of Public Consultaion documents on many topics. A separate page has been set up on this website, in the Parish Council section, where these are listed for your perusal.


Re: Free workshops for non-paid carers

Help and Care is a local independent charity working on the side of older people and carers in Dorset. We have recently been funded by to hold a number of free workshops across Dorset for people who care for family members and friends who live within the boundaries of Dorset County Council.

Attached is a copy of our September timetable and would be grateful if you could help publicise these events to your local parishioners. A further timetable of the workshops dates for the remainder of the year is currently being prepared and will be forwarded to you once it has been completed.

If you require any further information regarding the workshops or the services provided by Help and Care please contact myself or a member of the Carers Training team via the below email address or by calling 0300 1113323.

Tammie Faulkner, Administration Assistant - Carers Training

Help & Care Helpline: 0300 111 3303. Email: tammie.faulkner@helpandcare.org.uk Website:

For more information about Help & Care visit: www.helpandcare.org.uk

Their poster can be viewed here.


Superfast Broadband update 12/7/15

We understand that supperfast fibre broadband is now available in the Valley. Formal notification has not yet been received, but several people seem to have been connected. If you are interested, please contact your preferred broadband supplier to see what deals they are now offering.

Information from our District Counciilor and the Broadband Team.

There are three cabinets being installed in the Piddle Valley - one in Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Plush. It is uncertain whether Alton Pancras is included in this phase of work as there is an area including part of Buckland Newton in the South towards Alton Pancras that is not due until a later phase in the project - the map is not very clear.

The County Council team with responsibility for liaising with BT Openreach regarding the rollout in our area has advised they are definitely working in the vicinity, 35 cabinets have been put up with 41 still left to do within this phase of the project. By vicinity, I am talking about the turquoise coloured area on the dorsetforyou superfast broadband map which includes Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton. This map is updated each month and is worth keeping an eye on periodically.

There is a reluctance to state specific dates or deadlines for the work to occur as a number of issues have been encountered causing substantial delays, for example, the need to implement a road closure to carry out a particular task. This has required authorisation from Highways which can take up to three months to obtain due to all the notifications etc. required.

I have been told to expect a cautious 2 to 3 months period of work left on this phase, with there being a possibility of a need to return to complete some cabinets.

The recommendation is to sign up for their and benefit from a personal email notification of when work is complete and the Piddle Valley cabinets are operational.


Dorset Fingerpost renovation project - 26/01/2016

Steve Brackstone has agreed to renovate the damaged fingerboards at Piddlehinton Cross and White Lackington and we look forward to their return to splendour!

Dorset AONB Partnership are promoting the repair and renovation of the old fashioned fingerpost roadsigns in Dorset. They have published a Dorset Fingerpost newsletter giving details of the projects in hand and ways in which anyone can become involved in locating, recording and/or repairing these rapidly disappearing pieces of our heritage.

If you are interested in any way, please read their newsletter and visit their website Dorset Fingerpost website (Dorset AONB Partnership) for more information.

In 2013, Plush refurbished their own fingerpost, their story is here on the News & Views page of this website


The traffic and travel portal from DCC

Dorset County Council is excited to announce the launch of a traffic and travel portal 'TravelDorset'.

TravelDorset brings together all traffic and travel information for the whole of the county including live traffic alerts, road works, diversions, live bus and rail departures and cycling/walking routes.

This is a great resource for local residents, businesses and visitors helping them get from A to B whether it's by road, bus, train, bike or on foot.

TravelDorset has a range of useful information to help you travel easily around Dorset by car, public transport or other means. This includes up to the minute traffic information, the location and cost of car parks and live information about bus times.

The website address is:www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset, and it is also available through the "Local Interest" index link on the left menu.


Dorset Police warnings of various "scams" and local crimes

The Dorset Police 'Ringmaster' emailed warnings of current issues - crimes and scams - that may affect the valley are available on the "Dorset Police Ringmaster" pages of this website.


Website information

The content is regularly updated and new areas added

Generally, it should be noted that any information about events, or news from the Parish Council , that is too late or too large for inclusion in the printed News & Views, will be published here.

There is a link at the top of the Index, to the left, and also a separate button on the top right of the Home Page, to a page which shows the latest articles that have been added. I hope this will help you keep track of changes on your favourite pages.

All active links on the Index to the left are in black and will show an arrowhead alongside as you move the mouse pointer over them. When appropriate, there will also be a ++ shown against the particular toipic that you are viewing, to aid navigation around the site.

If you are a representative of any Club, Society or other Organisation and would like to be included in this site, please contact the Editor on editor@piddlevalley.info or telephone 01300 348280 to discuss.

The list of headings in the Index to the left is not exclusive and will be extended as necessary to include you.

If there are any corrections required, or broken links are found, please let me know at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk